M 6.9 Wairarapa I Wed, Jun 24 1942

This earthquake severely rocked the lower North Island on June 24 1942, causing extensive damage to local buildings.

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PublicID 1584843
UTC Time 1942-06-24T11:16:29Z
Latitude -40.96 (± 0.1 km)
Longitude 175.69 (± 0.1 km)
Depth 12 km (± 0 km)
Depth Type operator assigned
Earth Model nz1dr
Used Phase Count 6
Used Station Count 5
Standard Error 0.63 (s)
Azimuthal Gap 186.00 (degrees)
Minimum Distance 0.77 (degrees)


Type Magnitude Station Count
Preferred (Mw) 6.9  
ML 6.5 0
MS 7.2 0
Mw 6.9 0

GeoNet combines magnitudes into a summary magnitude, M, which consists of a weighted average of the individual magnitudes and attempts to be a best possible compromise between all magnitudes for a range of earthquake sizes. Summary magnitude for GeoNet is then defined as:

M = (2 * MLv + (0.4 * number_of stations(Mw(mB)) - 1) * Mw(mB)) / (2 + (0.4 * number_of_stations(Mw(mB)) - 1))

Where MLv is local magnitude calculated on the vertical component and Mw(mB) is a Mw estimation based of mB by Bormann and Saul (2008).

Origin Map

Map of New Zealand.

Map showing stations with picks used to locate the earthquake. Stations with picks that have a zero weight in the solution are shown as small grey circles. Those with a higher weight are shown as larger circles. The quake is shown by the largest circle.

Pick Residuals

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